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Fanleaf Hawthorn

Scientific name

Crataegus flabellata


Fanleaf Hawthorn is a small, thorny, deciduous tree species that can grow about 6 m in height. This plant may also be known by the common name Gray’s Hawthorn. The leaves are alternately arranged, glossy dark green coloured, ovate shaped, have doubly serrated margins, and have 4-5 lobes per side with dark veins. The flowers are white coloured, have five petals, have numerous long stamens, appear in clusters, and bloom between May and June. The fruits are round, red berries that appear in clusters and are ripe between September and October. The berries are edible to humans but have large seeds in them. The fruit is beneficial for wildlife, like birds and small mammals. Fanleaf Hawthorn is hardy and can be used for planting at difficult or disturbed sites. This plant is useful for controlling erosion and stabilizing shorelines.

Planting conditions

Fanleaf Hawthorn grows best in dry to moist conditions with full or partial sun exposure. It prefers well-drained loamy soil but can grow on a variety of soil types. It can tolerate periodically wet conditions, drought, and strong winds. It is also tolerant of urban environments and air pollution. The plant can be naturally found in open forests, forest edges, meadows, fields, and along stream or lake shorelines.


  • Plant height:
    • Any
    • Over 3m
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Moist
    • Wet
    • Drought Tolerant
    • Flood Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Clay
    • Humus
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Plant type:
    • Tree
  • Height:
    • 6 m
  • Spread:
    • 2 m